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Dimmesdale vs ChillingworthNear the end of the novel Arthur Dimmesdale tells the following to his fellow adulteress Hester concerning Roger Chillingworth We are not Hester the worst sinners in the world There is one worse than even the polluted priest That old mans revenge has been blacker than my sin He has violated in cold blood the sanctity of a human heart He is referring to Roger Chillingworths malign behavior towards Hester and especially himself In his priestly way he has just made a comparative moral judgment Although Chillingworth is indeed the one in pain because of being cheated I feel that his actions are not entirely morally justified Thus I agree with Dimmesdale Although Dimmesdale committed one the seven worst sins and broke one of the ten commandments all while being a minister and reverend he still chose to seek repentance and forgiveness given ample time He lived ridden with guilt this however could have been avoided had it not been for Chillingworth He is in part an evil type that has a cold heart for observing but not feeling As a wise man once said He is all head and no heart Chillingworths very appearance is villainy with its smoldering eyes and dark sooty face Chillingworths appearance aside his very singleness of purpose is inhuman For seven years he has only one thought to find and torment the man who has betrayed him Being a wronged husband his lust for revenge is therefore not unnatural but his method of revenge is indeed unacceptable No sword or poison for Chillingworth He takes the psychological approach As far as being cutting with Hester his kind actions and words later give way to deep and subtle purposes There is apparently a big difference between what Chillingworth does and what he means And Chillingworth goes beyond the relief of physical suffering For one brief moment he offers Hester a fair measure of understanding
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